Depending on where you work, there's a significant chance that artificial intelligence is analyzing your messages on Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other popular apps.
Huge U.S. employers such as Walmart , Delta Air Lines , T-Mobile , Chevron and Starbucks , as well as European brands including Nestle and AstraZeneca , have turned to a seven-year-old startup, Aware, to monitor chatter among their rank and file, according to the company.
Jeff Schumann, co-founder and CEO of the Columbus, Ohio-based startup, says the AI helps companies "understand the risk within their communications," getting a read on employee sentiment in real time, rather than depending on an annual or twice-per-year survey.
Using the anonymized data in Aware's analytics product, clients can see how employees of a certain age group or in a particular geography are responding to a new corporate policy or marketing campaign, according to Schumann. Aware's dozens of AI models, built to read text and process images, can also identify bullying, harassment, discrimination, noncompliance, pornography, nudity and other behaviors, he said.
Aware's analytics tool — the one that monitors employee sentiment and toxicity — doesn't have the ability to flag individual employee names, according to Schumann. But its separate eDiscovery tool can, in the event of extreme threats or other risk behaviors that are predetermined by the client, he added.